State of the Union (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

State of the Union1948

State of the Union (1948)




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In this film, Spencer Tracy plays an aircraft tycoon who is coerced into seeking the Republican Presidential nomination. Campaign manager Van Johnson suggests that, for appearance's sake, Tracy be reunited with his estranged wife Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn agrees, although her faith is shattered when Tracy publicly compromises his values.

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Spencer Tracy
as Grant Matthews
Katharine Hepburn
as Mary Matthews
Van Johnson
as 'Spike' McManus
Angela Lansbury
as Kay Thorndyke
Adolphe Menjou
as Jim Conover
Lewis Stone
as Sam Thorndyke
Howard Smith
as Sam Parrish
Maidel Turner
as Lulubelle Alexander
Raymond Walburn
as Judge Alexander
Charles Dingle
as Bill Hardy
Florence Auer
as Grace Orval Draper
Pierre Watkin
as Sen. Lauterback
Howard I. Smith
as Sam Parrish
Tom Pedi
as Barber
Tom Fadden
as Waiter
Charles Lane
as Blink Moran
Art Baker
as Leith
Arthur O'Connell
as 1st Reporter
Marion Martin
as Blonde Girl
Tor Johnson
as Wrestler
Russell Meeker
as Politician
Frank I. Clarke
as Joe Crandall
David Clarke
as Rusty Miller
Edwin Cooper
as Bradbury
Eddie Phillips
as Television Man
Roger Moore
as Photographer
Lew Smith
as Photographer
Gene Coogan
as Photographer
Sam Ash
as Editor
Charles Sherlock
as Photographer
Frank Austin
as Crackpot
Wilson Wood
as Photographer
George Barton
as Photographer
Harry Anderson
as Photographer
Stanley Price
as Photographer
Fred Zendar
as Photographer
Frank L. Clarke
as Joe Crandall
Jack Boyle
as Photographer
Boyd Davis
as Doctor
Maurice Cass
as Little Man
Eve Whitney
as Secretary
Mahlon Hamilton
as Businessman
Garry Owen
as Brooklynite
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Critic Reviews for State of the Union

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The shock of State of the Union, Capra's last movie in a political vein, is its technical sloppiness.

August 23, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a pleasure to watch because of the talent on display-and, this is me so let's be real, because its climactic scene is about the joys of public self-abasement.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

sassy, sparky, hilarious

April 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

So-so political comedy reflects lesser work by all.

March 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for State of the Union

Capra's last great work, this political thriller is an amazing study of politics. It features great performances from Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The final scene is definitely something that's worth waiting for.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Another in a long line of Tracy/Hepburn collaborations, this film has all the political entitlement and virtues of Mr. Smith, with the twist of the impressionable duo, one confused and exploited for means, and his wife, so steadfast and determined in her beliefs that she resembles the true persona of Hepburn. Always child friendly and feel good, Capra delivers on yet another inspiring film.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Tracy becomes president with the help of his wife, Hepburn, even though his advisers often disagree with her help. This is a fun movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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